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I give this movie an impressive 9/10

I thought Little Children was really bad, I wanted that guy who was married to Jennifer Connolly to just get a grip and stop his bitching. The snorkelling-paedo was excellent though.

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I thought Little Children was really bad, I wanted that guy who was married to Jennifer Connolly to just get a grip and stop his bitching. The snorkelling-paedo was excellent though.

"Getting a grip" was kinda what the entire movie was on about, for all characters. You had the ex cop who'd lost it after he shot that kid at the mall, Connoly was so busy being "the one with the pants on" she forgot to be a wife etc etc. They all needed to get a grip and stop their bitching.

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Last night I watched 3 flicks. but one stood out (surprisingly). "Little Children" I'd never even heard of it, but from the very first minutes it had grabbed me. It's a pure drama, but it's a well written one. Like 'Magnolia' and 'Short Cuts' it's a movie that is covering several fates over a short time, but it's a lot more 'thourough' in it's pacing and story telling. One could argue that the original story is shallow by saying that "every character in the entire movie is both good and bad at the same time" but that would be missing the point, imo.

You get to meet Kate Winslet as a love hungering female, whose husband is tied up at work (and is hungering for advanced sex, something he (wrongly) thinks his wife can never give him), and Patrick Wilson as her love interest (and her personla oposite). Both deliver painstakeingly belieavable roles, but it's the world around them that makes the movie what it is (which is great). Around them you have the paedo flashing psycho, played incredibly by fairly unknown Jackie Earle Haley (although this role will secure several jobs in Hollywood for years after this), a hardworking and naive wife played by Jennifer Connelly (who is looking more and more like a young 'n fit Demi Moore), and a lot of other interesting characters. While not as good as either Magnolia or Short Cuts, this is drama of highest calibre, and should be watched by everyone with a soft spot for the genre (as well as anyone with offspring under their roof).

I give this movie an impressive 9/10

There was a thread about the film back when it was released but it seemed to really split people. I really liked it even if the narration was terrible.

http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=150125

Have you seen "The Woodsman"? He plays a raging paedo with a sensitive side. It's really good.

I have seen it and it is great.

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"The Fall".

Terrible new film from Tarsem, director of "The Cell" (which is infinitely more interesting than this by virtue of featuring Jennifer Lopez in a thong), about who-the-fuck-knows-what. Some stunt actor in the 1920s or something has an accident and ends up in the hospital, so does some little orphan, and he tells her a LotR-lite yarn about a troupe of stereotypes from all corners of the globe seeking revenge on somebody. It's secretly an allegory for his own tragic and tragically uninteresting life. Expect lots and lots of extremely distant shots of people in silly costumes in the desert - he can't get enough of that.

Avoid.

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Watched Bloodrayne, wasn't expecting much and didn't get much, however it was far from the utterly bad film people keep saying it is. Granted it's not a classic, doesn't really enhance the game any, but as a cheesy, no-nonsense film it does the job.

Also put myself though Jumper, a film with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I had no sympathy for any of the characters involved, Jamie Bell really didn't get a grip of his character at all. It just felt like they'd come up with this concept of teleporting and didn't know what to do with it. Let there be no doubt: Bloodrayne was better than this.

Finally I watched The Onion Movie, it was superbly funny, if not very deep, I had been drinking though (had to after watching Jumper).

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I watched rubbish British horror file Outpost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892899/) yesterday. It's about a bunch of grizled (is there any other kind?) mercenaries who are hired to extract something from a WW2 bunker somewhere in Eastern Europe. They get the package but then get attacked by a bunch of zombie Nazis. It's all fairly tedious and there's nothing new here. The were a couple of nice touches; one was a sequence of Nazi progaganda cartoons that are used to fill in some of the back story and then there's some medical experimant footage that's interesting enough.

Pretty dull.

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I watched rubbish British horror file Outpost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892899/) yesterday. It's about a bunch of grizled (is there any other kind?) mercenaries who are hired to extract something from a WW2 bunker somewhere in Eastern Europe. They get the package but then get attacked by a bunch of zombie Nazis. It's all fairly tedious and there's nothing new here. The were a couple of nice touches; one was a sequence of Nazi progaganda cartoons that are used to fill in some of the back story and then there's some medical experimant footage that's interesting enough.

Pretty dull.

Sorry, but that sounds awesome.

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Nazi zombies do sound awesome but I've snen enough potentially-ace horror films with killer premiseses fail due to too much filler to know better. Let me guess, all the best action was in the last half hour?

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Sorry, but that sounds awesome.

It does indeed sound awesome but it was done so humourlessly that the whole premise was wasted. They could have been fighting another bunch of soldiers instead of unkillable super-weimar-warriors.

Nazi zombies do sound awesome but I've snen enough potentially-ace horror films with killer premiseses fail due to too much filler to know better. Let me guess, all the best action was in the last half hour?

Correct indeed.

I've probably made it sound worse than it was. It was obviously shot on a really low budget and the atmosphere was pretty decent.

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Tonight I have watched Disney film called Enchanted on Blu Ray. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/" target="_blank">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/</a>

I have enjoyed it a lot as it is wonderful story about a maid Giselle who was sent from fairy world to New York by evil Queen similar to one in Snow White (Susan Sarandon) and met Robert.

Prince Edward went to New York to find his maid. The story end up a love rectangle story with twists. It made me laugh and scoff a lot. Robert who is a lawyer (acted by Patrick Dempsey) and it seem to me he play like McDreamy outside Doctor Uniform. The creepy guy in the film, I guess who will be the actor when I saw the cartoon.

There is lot of song and dance. It is like a real life Disney film. To me the young female population had finally got their own Star Wars. The girl Amy Adams who acted as Giselle have done very well and can sing, she had nice figure but it is not my ideal beauty. (I would use Amy Nuttall instead)

I recommend the film, but you must not take it too seriously. I think it will/already be a Disney classic film. If you have a daughter buy it and she will love you forever.

Blu Ray disc is good quality as well.

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Tonight I have watched Disney film called Enchanted on Blu Ray. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/" target="_blank">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/</a>

I have enjoyed it a lot as it is wonderful story about a maid Giselle who was sent from fairy world to New York by evil Queen similar to one in Snow White (Susan Sarandon) and met Robert.

Prince Edward went to New York to find his maid. The story end up a love rectangle story with twists. It made me laugh and scoff a lot. Robert who is a lawyer (acted by Patrick Dempsey) and it seem to me he play like McDreamy outside Doctor Uniform. The creepy guy in the film, I guess who will be the actor when I saw the cartoon.

There is lot of song and dance. It is like a real life Disney film. To me the young female population had finally got their own Star Wars. The girl Amy Adams who acted as Giselle have done very well and can sing, she had nice figure but it is not my ideal beauty. (I would use Amy Nuttall instead)

I recommend the film, but you must not take it too seriously. I think it will/already be a Disney classic film. If you have a daughter buy it and she will love you forever.

Blu Ray disc is good quality as well.

That's the best fucking review I've ever read.

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Outpost was on at the Dead By Dawn festival this year. I can't say I was that impressed by it as it played, but they had the director up afterwards and hearing about the minuscule budget, tight schedule and limited location availability I did find myself warming to it. Part of its problem was that it looked like it had much higher production values, which led to harsher judgement.

I wouldn't say I'd watch it again, though. I didn't like the theoretical physics element and the way certain aspects of it were simply forgotten when they didn't suit the plot (

e.g. why the zombies marched slowly on the survivors as opposed to simply teleporting right in their faces

).

Tonight I scratched an itch that came out of the blue and watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The budget-priced DVD release is pretty bare with honking big borders but hopefully the black cloud of the incoming remake will sport a silver lining of a decent reissue of the original.

Anyway, as great as it always was - one of the finest New York crime films and one that I wish I'd rewatched before I reached Three Leaf Clover in GTA4, which owes it a sizeable debt. I love the way that everyone's a smartass with classic NY flick surnames, and it's great fun listening to the wisecracks as you enjoy the ride. Matthau and Shaw's performances are gems, the supporting characters are all first-rate and David Shire's excellent soundtrack rounds it all off in style.

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Claudette Colbert in a man's pyjamas is the cat's pyjamas.

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My next observation of comedies of this era are just how willing men are to hit women, and to cow them into submission. Clark Cable threatens to slap a woman to shut her up and cow her to his will, looking all "masterful", and the woman almost swoons.

Also, faces must go in and out of fashion. Clark Cable, by today's tastes, is kinda funny looking. Just take a look at those lugs!

hehe it's funny you should mention that about Clark Gable because somewhere in that book I mentioned on the other day, a director is talking about him....if I remember correctly it's Mervin Leroy who made Little Caesar and Thirty Seconds over Tokyo...and he said he shot a screen test of Gable back in the early days. The studio rejected it because Gable's ears were too big! In fact it must have been Leroy and Little Caesar because it was Zanuck who said he can't have a part.

For a notorious drinker, Gable probably does the worst impression of a drunk at the start of It Happens One Night but it's still funny. Yeah there's a lot more violence to women and implied violence to women than you could ever get away with in a comedy film these days. I like that when he threatens (albeit while play acting) to smack Claudette Colbert in the mouth, that actually makes the other men who have barged in leave them alone, rather than stepping in as someone would have to do in a film these days.

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Last night I saw:

The Big Sleep

I like how Bogie acts. When he's thinking, he holds his right earlobe. When he's not happy about something he has a special grimace where he narrows his mouth exposing his upper teeth. When he's talking to a dame, he hooks his thumbs in his belt. You always know where you are with Bogie. The dames seem to like it: they are all biting their thumb at him, taking off their glasses, letting down their hair and shutting the drapes. There's nothing wrong with them that he can't fix, even if he needs to get a little rough.

It's quite literary, the plot isn't explained visually so you need to keep track of a lot of names in the dialogue to have a hope of figuring out the famously labyrinthine plot. The story goes that Howard Hawks (the director) and William Faulkner and others (the screenwriters) couldn't figure out who killed one guy. So they wired Raymond Chandler, who wired back that it was all right there in the book. They shrugged and got on with the script. A few days later Chandler called back,said he'd re-read the book and admitted he couldn't figure out who'd done it either.

Also, because of the Production Code, there were a load of significant details (a guy was selling porngraphy and blackmailing, another was his homosexual lover, and a woman was posing for a porn shoot), none of which could be directly referred to, which made it more confusing. I was supposed to work out that this woman was caught in the middle of doing porn because she was fully clothed in Asian clothing and she was sitting on an Asian chair.

I also note that Bacall in this is yet another recent divorcee, allowing Bogart to saddle her up and assess her form without complaint from the censors.

I saw a bit of the Michael Winner remake on youtube, with the plot transposed to Britain and an over-the-hill Robert Mitchum as Marlowe. Did Michael Winner ever do anything of note? From this evidence, he wants hitting with a sap and his car pushing into the water.

I found this story on the Internet. Marlowe is the detective, Vickers is the young nympho.

Hawks had an idea for one of the scenes—where Marlowe comes in, and finds her sitting, all dressed up in the empty house—obviously some kind of lecherous photo shoot had been going on. And Marlowe comes upon her, and she is high on drugs, and completely out of it. Anyway, Hawks had an idea for this scene (which ended up not making it into the movie): he wanted Vickers to simulate an orgasm.

He asked her to do so. This is in front of Bogart, Regis Toomey (who plays the DA), and a couple of other people.

"Sweetheart, what we want here is for you to simulate that you're having an orgasm."

Martha Vickers asked, "What's an orgasm?"

Nobody spoke. Nobody knew what to do. Literally. These three men, Hawks, Bogart, and Toomey—standing there with a teenage actress—asking them what an orgasm was. Dead silence. Hawks called a 10-minute break, and called Toomey aside. He asked Toomey to please go and explain to "Miss Vickers" what an orgasm was.

Toomey, who apparently was a good-natured fellow, but also the product of a strict Irish Catholic upbringing (so funny to imagine!!), went over to Martha and explained it to her. (Wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that one.)

Toomey said later to Bogart, "The girl didn't know anything. I asked, 'Are you a virgin?' 'Uh yes.' 'Do you know what an orgasm is? Mr. Hawks wants you to be having an orgasm here.' 'No, I don't know what it is.' 'You don't know what an orgasm is?' 'No.' And so, dammit, I explained to her what an orgasm was. And she got the idea all right. Howard liked the scene very much."

After that, it became a huge joke. Hawks would say to Toomey, "If I ever have to explain an orgasm again, I am calling on you." And Bogie would laugh and laugh like a madman.

For some reason I just love that story.

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Graham, I've pimped this film millions of times on here, but the only really good film Michael Winner has done (that I've seen, anyway) is 'The Jokers', which is a sixties caper movie starring Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford. I haven't seen it in ages, but it's fast-moving and loads of fun; the plot revolves around two rich brothers who plot to steal the crown jewels for a laugh. To be honest, the film's success probably had very little to do with Winner, it's probably more due to the bomb-proof script by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais.

Winner also did 'Death Wish 3' which is also brilliant, in a surreal, unintentional way. Not good in the conventional sense of the word, though.

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Also, smoking is so much part of The Big Sleep, that the title credits are basically just an ashtray with two cigarettes smouldering in it (one each for Bogart and Bacall), their smoke intertwining. Oh, the glamour! No surprise that esophageal cancer was the sad fate of at least two of the stars of the movie.

And on the violent attitude towards women: Bacall even gets to sing a song about beating a woman to make her cry!

Never mind the plot, I had trouble parsing the tagline

The Violence-Screen's All-Time Rocker-Shocker!

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Out of the Blue - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0839938/

Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.

This brilliant film is based on the true story of the biggest massacre in New Zealand history when David Gray gunned down 13 people in a remote coastal village back in 1990. It is an incredibly powerful and, at times, shocking movie because it steers clear of the traditional trappings of these types of dramatisations. It doesn't really delve into why Gray did what he did and it doesn't make anyone a hero. Instead it tries to tell the story as truthfully as possible which creates a tense and occasionally disorientating experience. The killings come out of nowhere and are over in an instant. People are slow to react and the police are ill-equipped to deal with this gun-totting mad man. It is a moving film of understated moments and scenes of real beauty and is well worth seeking out.

Trailer

Into the Wild

For all its faults (its too long and has the whiff of travel porn about it) it is still one of the best films I've seen this year. Hirsch is great in the lead role and plays him with enough naivety to never alienate the audience. The film looks stunning and it packs an emotional wallop at the end (

Especially when the old man wants to adopt him as his son.

).

Dreamgirls

Pretty poor. I'm not a big fan of musicals but even so this is weak. The story covers too many years too quickly so there is no real emotional attachment to the characters and their struggles. The songs are poor interpretations of the music of the time and I still don't get how Hudson won an Oscar. She can clearly sing but when it came to the acting part she was terrible.

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I saw Into the Wild in the cinema and I absolutely loved it. It had a real American feel to it, just a man heading off into the wilderness with his bag on his back. I’m not a big Pearl Jam fan but I thought Vedders voice and songs suited the film.

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Out of the Blue - <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0839938/" target="_blank">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0839938/</a>

This brilliant film is based on the true story of the biggest massacre in New Zealand history when David Gray (not that one) gunned down 13 people in a remote coastal village back in 1990. It is an incredibly powerful and, at times, shocking movie because it steers clear of the traditional trappings of these types of dramatisations. It doesn't really delve into why Gray did what he did and it doesn't make anyone a hero. Instead it tries to tell the story as truthfully as possible which creates a tense and occasionally disorientating experience. The killings come out of nowhere and are over in an instant. People are slow to react and the police are ill-equipped to deal with this gun-totting mad man. It is a moving film of understated moments

such as when the old woman finds her dog covered in blood and realises her son is dead

and scenes of real beauty -

the scene with the burning house at dusk could easily have been in a Terrence Malick movie

- and is well worth seeking out.

Trailer

I've been meaning to catch this for ages.

One for the weekend.

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The Invasion ( from Xbox Marketplace)

The third remake of The Bodysnatchers sci fi story breaks the tradition of great movies based on the alien takeover theme ( the best one is the 70's version with Leonard Nimoy in it). The whole film is so hamfisted and spelled out it's insulting. The infection story is played out in the first ten minutes! Loads of jump cut narrative further compounds a bad film that neither the talents of Nicole Kidman and an underused Daniel Craig can save as they go on the run from the alien populace. Add in some long dire narrative scenes pen by the Waschowski Brothers and you've got a film that is almost a parody but never teeters over the edge of trying to be a serious film. The chase scene with the car on fire and her trying to shake off ten!! men in suits clinging to the car is just comedy gold.

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Dreamchild - <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089052/" target="_blank">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089052/</a>

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old.

I've been after this film for a while so it was nice to finally find a PAL VHS copy on eBay and it didn't disappoint. My curiosity with the film stemmed from the collaboration between Dennis Potter and the Henson Creature Workshop rather than the actual story which is about Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell), the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, and her trying to come to terms with her unusual relationship with Lewis Carroll. It follows her travels to America to get an honoury degree to celebrate 100 years of Carroll but the real world and the Wonderland soon begin to blur as she attempts to recall her childhood.

The story is pretty dark with Carroll's rumoured paedophilia always lingering in any flashback scene. It is never brought up explicitly and the conclusion throws a bit of a curve ball but the subject is handled sensitively and Ian Holm plays Carroll with real fragility and naivety. The blurring of realities is handled deftly and never overused whilst the grotesque puppets add an extra element of menace to the classic children's story. The 1980s certainly was the best decade for interpretations of the Alice story with both this film in 1985 and Jan Švankmajer's Alice in 1988 which is a brilliant, and bizarre, film.

In fact there is a streamable copy of Svankmajer's Alice on line here.

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Rosemary's Baby.

Saw this last night on one of the Sky Channels and really enjoyed it. Mia Farrow is a well heeled New Yorker who’s convinced her unborn child is part of a witches conspiracy. Nice spooky atmosphere, excellent performance from Mia Farrow and a great bleak ending. I love these urban horror films where supernatural things start happening to normal people.

Hail Adrian.

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Diary of the Dead.

Terrible. I don't know if Romero's writing has always been this bad and it's been disguised behind good direction or if he's just lost it in his old age, but the dialogue in this movie is some of the worst I've ever heard. It's the kind of movie where people give long, sombre monologues to explain their motivations because the dialogue does nothing but explain to the audience where the cast are moving to next. Worse than that, though: the dialogue is so scripted and theatrical, and delivered so unconvincingly by a cast barely above the original Night of the Living Dead that the entire concept of this movie is rendered totally pointless, because you never for a single moment buy that this is footage shot by real people. Cloverfield with its cast of irritating moneyed yuppies did this so much better. I've seen every ...Dead movie Romero has done, and in my opinion the original was the peak of the series and every subsequent effort has been worse than the last. This one is so bad it feels like a student debut. TURD.

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I think romeros writing was certainly a lot better before, and also massaged by some great acting talent such as Ken Foree who actually does a terrific job in Dawn, and some stellar (if overcooked) performances in Day.

In Dawn the characters actually had motivations and the movie dwelled on the day to day survival. Mundane stuff such as stealing trucks to block some cargo doors became massively suspenseful due to its place in a believable universe.

in Day the characters had much less to actually do, so they just chipped away at each others patience until the whole community collapsed in on itself. To me Romero excelled himself dialogue wise in this film, with each encounter incredibly well fleshed out and enjoyable. not to mention endlessly quotable. Its hammy, but so what, its a zombie movie. if you revel in the caricature then the dialogue of Frankenstein, Rhodes and John are fruitful and satisfying.

Diary has none of that spark.

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Sorry to skip back a bit but I missed this post the first time around. You should really read the book by George Stevens Jr (son of the director George Stevens) called Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute. They have some wonderful transcripts of interviews with directors like Howard Hawks where they explain a lot of their approach to screw ball and the pacing. It turns out that a lot of things you might read in Cahiers Du Cinema etc is wrong! Hawks even shits on their theories of John Ford, telling some home truths about his shot selection.

I'm really enjoying this. Thank you. The conversations in the book all took place at the palatial mansion of the oil tycoon who was the model for Daniel Day Lewis' character in There Will Be Blood, and was where they shot the confrontation in the bowling alley. Also, David Lynch filmed Eraserhead in the mansion's stables.

I love screwball comedies and comedies from the 1930s in general. His Girl Friday is one of my favourites, but yes most of them are about a divorce. Even It Happened One Night is about a divorce, as Clauette Colbert has been just married to her husband before the film begins and her father wants them seperated which prompts the whole rest of the picture. I think you'd really enjoy the early Marx brothers pictures with Dumont, because a lot of them are based around a kind of reverse. She's an old widower and so, in wooing her, anything goes.

She's more like a harassed mother with some exhausting little children. I can't believe Rufus T Firefly and Mrs Teasdale ever got it on. Groucho wouldn't be able to shut up for long enough.

Rufus T Firely (Groucho Marx): Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first.

Mrs. Teasdale: He left me his entire fortune.

Firefly: Is that so? Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you? I love you! (jumps into her arms)

Mrs. Teasdale: Oh, your Excellency!

Firefly: You're not so bad yourself.

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Saw Sunset Blvd. yesterday. Enjoyable and the opportunistic main character gave it just the appropriate depth. Not to mention the amount of actors whose stories were quite similar to that of their characters... But I think I'm starting to dislike classical American cinema more and more, it's just not my thing (Night of the Hunter as the exception of course).

I also found the DVD of Una Giornata Particolare and decided to watch it again. I've only seen the first part at the moment, but I've fallen in love with it again. It's so incredible pure and beautiful. Could very well turn out to be one of my favourites of all time.

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